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CVs and applications

Applications, CVs and covering letters are the first thing an employer sees about you. If they are uninspiring and difficult to read, what will an employer think about you?

The purpose of these documents is to persuade an employer you have the correct knowledge, skills and abilities to do the job. This is the first step towards getting an interview, therefore you need to make sure that they positively showcase what you have to offer.

CVs and covering letters

The way you produce your CV and covering letter/email is your choice and there is no perfect way. However, you may want to consider the following when thinking about the style and presentation:

  • Tailor your documents to the opportunity/employer.
  • Use the same formatting throughout your CV and letter/email and use a legible font in size 10-12.
  • Choose one simple way to highlight sections unless designing a creative CV.
  • Bullet points and short sentences can add focus.
  • Keep your CV to 1-2 pages and your covering letter to one page.
  • Save your final versions as a PDF for emailing.

Download the Solent Futures CV guide

Application forms

Many jobs require you to complete an application form. They allow employers to compare applicants on a like-for-like basis and often include questions relevant to the role. Keep in mind the following points for a good application:

  • Research the employer and include buzz words from their website or the job description to show you have understanding of what they are looking for. Make sure that you clearly evidence your skills and abilities.
  • Answer all the questions and follow the guidance set out by the employer.
  • Headings can help you organise your personal statement.
  • Save/print a copy so you have it for reference.

When completing applications and/or CVs you will want to make certain your spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct.

Social media

Don't forget the importance of social media in your job hunting. It is important to separate your professional and personal online presence.

Page last updated on Friday 21 October 2016 at 10.30am.

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